The winners, runners-up and special mentions of the 2016 RSPCA Young Photographer of the Year Awards have recently been announced, and the competition has seen some truly stunning entries from children and young people from across the UK.

With categories for under-12s, 12-15 years, 16-18 years, pet personalities, farm animals and portfolios, there were plenty of amazing images for the judges to choose from. The judges were stunned with the quality of some of the photos that were sent in. Many could have been taken by professional photographers.

Let’s take a look at the winning entries in the six categories, as well as some of the best entries that were sent in by the children. What a talented bunch!

The winner of the Portfolio category was Mairi Eyres, whose stunning black and white wildlife images impressed the judges. This photograph of a pied flycatcher was particularly praised. “I really liked the linear shapes of these hazel trees,” Mairi says, “and the way this pied flycatcher was nestled between them.”